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Shock killings Man (22) due in court charged with two murders and an assault in Sligo

The man is due to appear at a special sitting of Sligo District Court at 4.45pm this evening.

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Sligo murders

Aidan Moffitt

Aidan Moffitt

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Sligo murders

A 22-year-old is due in court in Sligo later today faced with two charges of murder and an assault charge.

The man is due to appear at a special sitting of Sligo District Court at 4.45pm this evening.

He is understood to be facing two charges of murder and a charge of assault, which happened before the weekend.

The bodies of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee were found dead in their homes over the last few days, having suffered severe physical injuries.

Gardai were called to an apartment on Connaughton Road at about 10.30pm on Tuesday, where the body Mr Snee was found with significant injuries.

Speaking about the subsequent operation yesterday, they said: “At approximately 1:45am, 13th April 2022, following intense local Garda activity and enquiries, Gardaí in Sligo assisted by the Armed Support Unit arrested a male in his early 20s in Sligo Town on suspicion of murder.

“This male is currently detained under the provision of section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Sligo Garda Station.

“Gardaí in Sligo are appealing for any person with any information on this incident to make contact.

It came after the remains of Aidan Moffitt (41) of Cartron Heights, Sligo town, were discovered at his home on Monday at 8.30pm.

Speaking this week, Fr Noel Rooney, parish priest of St Joseph’s and Calry, described the tragic events as “beyond belief”.

“We had mass yesterday, and we prayed for Aidan. Then this morning, we prayed for Michael. It is just beyond belief,” Fr Rooney said.

“You wouldn’t always know people in a big parish, but I knew Michael and Aidan. I did Michael’s mother’s funeral a few years ago, and that’s how I came to know him.

“Aidan, if you met him, he could be very chatty, or he could be very quiet, but that’s the way he was.

“And Michael was just a ­gentle soul, and that’s the way he was."

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He added: “Michael was very close to his family, and he was very close to his nieces and nephews.

“All we can do is offer whatever support we can and be there for them. Because they are devastated.

“It’s Holy Week, the week of the crucifixion, and this is definitely a crucifixion for these two families.”

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